Pop Up Penguins

Explore, Learn and Celebrate Community

Pop Up Penguins will give residents and visitors a fresh opportunity to discover and delight in all that makes Ōtautahi special. The public art trail will include 50 large penguin sculptures, sponsored by companies and decorated by established and emerging artists, along with up to 65 little penguins, decorated by schools as part of the Pop Up Penguins Learning Programme.

All decorated penguins will be displayed across Christchurch on a public art trail that will celebrate all the unique parts of our city. After 10 weeks, out and about in Christchurch, the street sized penguins will be auctioned to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

Decipher Group is super excited to be a penguin sponsor. Our fabulous penguin is called ‘Best Dressed HoiHo’ and is designed by artist Sheyne Tuffery.

The Great Penguin Corporate Challenge

We are super excited to co-host The Great Penguin Corporate Challenge alongside the team at Cholmondeley Children's Centre. This fun team building event will be held on Thursday 28 January 2021. Get a group of four or six together and join us in the CBD to pit your teamwork skills against other corporate teams during the final week of the Pop Up Penguins sculpture trail!. Register your team today. 


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About Best Dressed HoiHo

The Hoiho is one of the top guards of flightless birds, along with the kiwi, kakapo and late moa. The ‘Best Dressed HoiHo’ is about how unique they truly are, with their natural tuxedos and yellow goggles. It is a celebration of their originality, stemming from our countries isolation, from the predator world for so long.

About artist Sheyne Tuffery

Wellington based, Sheyne Tuffery is a multi-media visual artist whose primary mediums are painting, animation and printmaking, he received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT in 1995 and his Masters of Fine Arts (honours) in 2000 from The University of Auckland. Hoiho and New Zealand penguins have been a central concept in Sheyne Tuffery’s artwork for many years. During that time, he became fascinated with their society and how Utopian it seems, from a distance.


Pop Up Penguins
Sheyne Tuffery